Friday, March 31, 2017

Historic Van Wyck house is up for sale

From Curbed:

It’s not every day that an 18th-century Dutch Colonial house in New York City hits the market, but lucky for history buffs, today is one of those few.

Dating to 1735, the Cornelius Van Wyck House in Douglaston, Queens has come to market for what appears to be the first time in nearly 40 years. Seeking $3.25 million, the house is both a New York City landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places—and for good reason.

“The history of this house is intimately connected with that of the Dutch settlers,” the property’s 1966 NYC landmark designation report reads. The report goes on to explain that Cornelius Van Wyck, the eldest son of Stephen Van Wyck who emigrated from Holland in 1660, made his home here, eventually handing it over to his son Stephen, a delegate in the Continental Congress.

Stephen added to the house—the original footprint includes the dining room, master bedroom, and living hall—before selling it in 1819 to Winant Van Zandt, who would go on to add 120 acres to the property. While those 120 acres are no longer appended, the house still maintains an impressive swath of land along Little Neck Bay, making it one of the largest waterfront properties in Queens.


(sarc) said...

Three and one quarter million dollars for an old drafty house that needs lots of work.

BUT, you CANNOT change anything...

Anonymous said...

Some developer will try to buy it and have the landmark designation annulled.
And, by the way, how is this amended house a landmark and St. James in Elmhurst not?

Both were built in 17835 and both have been architecturally altered. The Van Wyck house more than St. James judging by appearance.

Anonymous said...

I'm playing the Lottery right now!

It is one of the most unique and beautifully located properties in New York City.

Queens Crapper said...

Sarc, LPC allows alterations on landmarked structures all the time. And most interior work doesn't need an OK from LPC.

Anonymous said...

This house/property is also within a designated historic district; so it is very unlikely someone would buy this thinking they could demolish it and build a glitzy dacha or Shanghai siheyuan.